Archive for November, 2012

5 R’s to Go GREEN and Save BIG!!!

Living in a metro city like Bangalore, with so much pollution and garbage everywhere, we all aspire for a greener environment at some point or another. But let’s face it; going green shouldn’t come at an extra expense to us. So here’s a list of very simple things (5 R’s to Go GREEN) that not only cuts on your expenses but might also give you good returns depending on your activity.

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  •       Recycle

1. Waste + Segregation = Compost + MONEY

You can segregate and compost most of your kitchen waste and what’s best, you an even sell it or use it for your own garden. Learn more about segregation here

2. Sell all your e-waste (all useless electronic gadgets and materials) to local vendor

3. You can recycle your newspaper by making small yet simple paper bags out of it. What more, you can also add this as an activity at home and office to spend an hour or so as a fun group activity to get everyone in your family or team involved.

4. Recycle old books: I’m sure we all have bundles of old dusty books and sheets lying in our cupboards from ages. if printed on just one side, you can make us of the other side. if there are blank pages, you can also make your own book. Outdated dairies etc., all this can be used for rough use.

5. Recycle rain water: rain water collected can b used for washing cars, gardening, and toilets and for most purposes where we don’t require soft water.

  •       Re-Use

1. Don’t purchase bottled water, instead buy an inexpensive water bottle and re-use it frequently.

2. Re-use plastic covers again and again as many times as possible, before disposing

3. Re-use old water bottles and plastic containers for planting a small plant, to decorate your window or near your working table/desk with greenery 🙂

4. Re-use your old clothes to make fancy bags, or donate your old clothes to an NGO (MITU in bangalore) where they produce such bags out of good old clothes.

  •       Reduce

1. Unplug when not charging, switch off lights when not in use, take stairs instead of elevators, reduce the use of electricity as much as possible.

2. Take a walk instead of burning fuel for short distances.

3. Plz do switch off your vehicle engine during traffic signals for more than 30 seconds. These will reduce loads loadsof fuel being burnt unnecessarily when vehicle not in use.

  •       Refuse

1. Refuse to use plastic as much as possible and opt for packing which can be easily bio-degradable

2. Refuse to mix all waste at home. Mixing dry waste and wet waste can create a mess so huge we can’t imagine, so its always best to eliminate the mess effectively and segregate at the source.

  •       Renovate

1. Replace all incandescent bulbs by florescent tubes to reduce a great deal of power consumption and renovate your house.

Of course there are lot more ways, if you have implemented any of these on anything new, please do share it with all of us.

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Best Video Campaigns for social cause

There are just so many video ads and campaigns made with a lot of creativity to reach out to masses and deliver a simple message for a social cause. Here are some of the best video campaigns which really provoke our thought process to motivate us to think of a solution to these social issues.

  • Campaign against Verbal Abuse: Just a minute’s video shows us the effect of harsh words we use at home, office or anywhere on every individual. This video clearly connects to all age groups, as I’m sure everyone at one point would have experienced this in their life. 
  • HIV/AIDS awareness Campaign: SEX, as a taboo in India, some of us is still hesitant to even talk about it. Focused on young youth of the country, it shows video of college guys talk about sex, compelling one of their friends for it. This award winning video definitely motivates us to think beyond sex. 
  • The “Jaago Re” Campaign: Even though it helped Tata tea to sell more with a better brand image, it definitely has a strong message, long ignored by each and every one of us. We all complain politicians, scams, etc,. but how many of us have actually taken steps or even cared about it. Campaign aimed at creating awareness youths to VOTE, for better politicians, leaders and for a better tomorrow, makes every citizen feel responsible for actions. 
  • Classroom” video by Hindu: Politicians yelling and abusing, fighting, breaking tables and chairs, making a mess of parliament, even watching porn in mobile phone :-P. Shows typical parliamentary behavior, All this while the whole of the country’s eyes are on them and yet they don’t care to bother about their behavior. With a message “Behave yourself INDIA, the youth are watching” clearly shows how our country’s politicians and leaders influence billions in our country.  
  • Inspiring Action by Greenpeace: killing of whales, cutting of trees, global warming, you name it and there’s Greenpeace fighting against it. With a simple message “The fragile Earth deserves a voice, It needs a solution, It needs a change, It needs action” inspires us to look at the bigger picture of how each and every action is leading to a larger change on the very globe we live on, and how our future is at stake if we don’t take action now!!! 

Aftermath of Diwali

     Waste waste everywhere!  This Diwali adds another 1000 tonnes of waste to already producing 4000 tonnes garbage during this festival in Bangalore city.

But on the brighter side, we did witness some of the efforts to combat this issue in the city.

  • Even though people are aware, they just got more conscious about issue, including the government this time. As a direct consequence, we noticed government officials announcing the ban of bursting firecrackers between  0 pm and 6 am in Bangalore, and it did happen this time, in most of the locations at least.
  • Many of them opting noiseless and eco-friendly firecrackers this year. This surely doesn’t make sense in reducing the pollution in any way, but on a positive note, it is an indication that they are at least concerned about the current issue and thinking in right direction. Well, that’s a start 🙂
  • BBMP officials were forbidden to take leave during Diwali. Yes, BBMP directed key employees not to take leave during Diwali to make sure excess garbage was disposed appropriately.
  • Our CM, Mr. Shettar suggests civic amenity sites to be used as garbage segregation and waste processing units, assuring BBMP set up waste management plants of 300 tonne capacity in five sites.

With these efforts from BBMP and some of the really amazing initiatives by SWMRTWe Care for MalleshwaramGreenCommandos etc,. It’s high time we, as responsible Bangaloreans fold our sleeves and get our hands dirty for a better garbage free environment around us.

Diwali Craze !

Some interesting stats about crackers

  • A town called Sivakasi – capital of India’s fire cracker industry with about 9000 contributes to 90% of firecrackers produced in India.
  • Sivakasi sold firecrackers worth more than 1700 crores a week before Diwali.
  • It is believed to be a 5 billion dollar industry over next 5 years in India.
  • Sales of firecrackers are down by 40% in many cities (thanks to Environmentalists and teachers).
  • Many of the firecrackers as much as 20% sold in market are either fake or outdated.
  • Bangalore alone has records of about 500 eye injuries every year due to firecracker accidents.

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Harmful effects of crackers

Yes we all have heard about harmful effects of bursting crackers. We know it pollutes air significantly, causes noise pollution  affects the environment in ways we cant imagine, but little do we care about these things during this exciting time of Diwali.

And now there’s a new trend  “going green this diwali”, but so claimed “eco-friendly crackers” are not really eco friendly as they claim.

Noiseless fire crackers may not produce much sound, but the gases released when they are lit may be poisonous causing respiratory and ophthalmological problems.

Some of them especially children may also develop skin rashes and allergies from the chemicals suspended from the firecrackers.

The Diwali Celebrations at Bangalore 2010

How to go Green this Diwali?

The most effective way of celebrating Green Diwali as we all know is by avoiding firecrackers completely.  But you could also light up your home with lots of decorative candles or diyas to give your home a Diwali’s effect. If you can get more creative to celebrate Green Diwali, do take a look at this interesting article here.

Big Picture!!!

We don’t really need to burst firecrackers just to keep the trend going or because everyone is bursting them. Now is the time (perhaps late) to at least look at the big picture and be little more sensitive towards environment and take a wise step towards celebrating pollution less festive season.

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